Improved timelines with Storica V1.6.9

In our new Storica V1.6.9 update, we improved the timeline usability by using an own title bar layout. This avoids cutting of the title in settings where the fonts are chosen quite large. We also included a menu button in the title bar for clearer indication of the additional options available to the end user, particularly the sharing of the timeline to your favourite social networking site and the possibility to add another sensor value to the timeline. From this menu, a small help text is also available.

Screenshot_2014-08-11-16-45-56We also removed bugs in the selection of alternative location names when adding location backgrounds as well as when tracking your own location in the map view.

Enjoy this update!

Want to add a snapshot to AIRS you haven’t recorded?

Since the new AIRS V2.7.9.6, you can now add snapshots to AIRS that you have not explicitly recorded.

What are useful scenarios for this? Firstly, you might have forgotten to record the MW sensor (although we recommend that you generally record this information). Secondly, you might take a snapshot but then later (when you are not recording with AIRS, e.g., when being at home in the evening) decide to edit the snapshot (most gallery applications will create a copy of the original snapshot). In that case, AIRS will have only recorded the original snapshot but not the edited version.

How do I do this? Quite simple, actually. Go into your gallery application and select the photo you want to add. Now select the SHARE icon in your gallery. In the list of applications to share to, AIRS should show up. Select the AIRS icon and you will see a small message once the photo has been added to the AIRS database:

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What is the date at which the photo is inserted? AIRS will first try to use the ‘date modified’ information. Sometimes this information is not properly set, upon which AIRS will read the available EXIF information of the photo (which contains when the snapshot was taken). If properly taken, the photo is now added to the AIRS database under the date/time when the original snapshot was taken (i.e., when editing a photo, the original snapshot date/time is inserted!).

Can I add any picture? You can as long as the picture is located in the camera path that you defined for AIRS! Hence, you cannot add any arbitrary picture located anywhere on your local storage; it must be located in the camera path! This ensure that software such as Storica can rely on the camera path information to retrieve the right photo!

Improvements to AIRS with new V2.7.9.4 update

In the most recent AIRS update to V2.7.9.4, we have improved the teardown procedure of all sensor handlers and even re-wrote the phone sensor handler (responsible for retrieving barometer, light and other sensors). This should improve the stability of the code!

We also now added an explicit EXIT button to the AIRS measurement window. This makes exiting local recordings easier since you don’t have to open the screen menu anymore!

Enjoy immersive mode in Storica with V1.6.7

In our new update to V1.6.7, Storica now adds immersive mode for the media gallery, removing the navigation buttons and the status bar while viewing your pictures. Simply tap the screen to get them back for navigation.

Also, we improved the refresh when rotating pictures in the media gallery, trying to adjust the shown image fully to the new screen dimensions.

Enjoy in-program StreetView with Storica V1.6.6 update!

Storica has always allowed for exploring the surrounding your story events, your map recordings or your images through StreetView, Google’s image repository of the world out there.

The latest update to Google Play Services (and with it the new Google Maps API), rolled out earlier this month, now allows for integrating StreetView directly into Storica, rather than merely calling the separate StreetView program (as it was done before V1.6.6).

What you now got in with the latest update to V1.6.6 is a richer experience of StreetView by providing a split screen experience with the map view in the upper part and the resulting Streetview underneath:

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With that, you can easier explore the surroundings of your event by simply dragging the marker in the map view (hold the marker for a bit, you will then be able to drag and drop it in a new place). The icon on the left hand corner allows for temporarily expand the StreetView to full size – another click will bring the split view back!

What else is new?

In case you have ever changed the orientation of your snapshots (e.g., in the gallery by simply rotating to the left or right), Storica will now use the EXIF information (where such rotations are stored) and display the picture correctly throughout the program, e.g., in the media gallery, the monthly highlights and the backgrounds.

Last but not least, we also repaired the Twitter follow link!

Storica updated to V1.6.5

We have now further improved the sliding drawer menu by adding icons to the menu entries, helping you to better navigate.

We also improved on the timezone support for call and SMS logs, improving the readability when showing different timezones. Furthermore, the timezone is now properly supported when selecting timeranges in the timeline visualisations.

Last but not least, we also merged the Info and About menu items in the sliding drawer menu into a single menu to simplify things.

Properly measure your heartrate now with the AIRS V2.7.9 update!

In the recent V2.7.9 update of AIRS, we have now removed a bug that limited the Zephyr HxM measurements of your heartrate to 127! Apologies for this bug – it should now work well!

We also now restart AIRS automatically if you update AIRS while recording. This is handy when having your PlayStore set to auto-update, not disrupting ongoing measurements anymore.

Last but not least, we also improved the BT/BN sensor measurements by taking proper care of special characters in BT names (which newer devices now allow).

Traveling a lot? Storica now supports timezones

Since the last update to V1.6, Storica now supports timezones (if you record the TZ sensor). This will allow for viewing your experiences in the timezones you were in when recording them!

Prepare for this

You will need to enable recording the TZ sensor in AIRS, like any other sensor. Enable this sensor in all the templates you are using! With that, AIRS will record any timezone change during travel and when starring AIRS.

Enjoy in the different views

Timezones are shown differently in the various views of Storica. For instance, a “GMT+-X” type of information is shown in the action bat when showing the time of the story event:
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Note that a story of the day can have different timezones in cases where your story spans a travel across timezones.

In the map view, clicking on a marker reveals the context panel but also the time of the marker in the action bar. This time is now also timezone supported:
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Also timelines support timezones, but will pick the timezone of the start time only, I.e., if a timezone change occurred during the timespan of the time axis, then this is neglected to simplify the timeline graphic.
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Other views, such as the media gallery, call, and SMS logs are adjusted, too, giving you the ability to retrieve data relative to the timezone you were in when recording.

Enjoy this new feature!

AIRS and Storica now support the Nexus 5 pedometer!

In the recent AIRS update to V2.7.7, we added support for the pedometer sensor of the Nexus 5. This low-power sensor can be accessed by subscribing to the PD sensor. The returned value is the total number of steps during the current recording session.

Using this sensor does not consume much power since the Nexus 5 uses an efficient hardware  implementation of the recognition algorithm.

You can view your daily steps since the recent Storica V1.6 update in the detailed information list, providing you with the number of steps for a particular day.

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Update and try it out!